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HEART Academy offers classes for home schooled students from 3rd-12th grade. Home school classes meet each Friday beginning in September and end in that last Friday of May. HEART classes do not meet during the month of December after Thanksgiving for 6 weeks.

Classes are categorized by the following divisions:

  • Lower Academy : classes for students in grades 3-6.
  • Upper Academy : classes for students in grades 7-12.
  • Upper & Lower Academy : classes for students in grades 3-12.

However, home school classes can be available to students outside these ranges based on your assessment of his or her readiness and skill aptitude for a class.

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General Science
$65 p/mo
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General Science is a wonderful, introduction to science in general and some of the specific sciences in particular, designed from the ground up for use by homeschoolers. Topics include a brief history of science; the scientific method; how to analyze and interpret  experiments; the distinction between science, applied science, and technology; archeology, geology and paleontology;  uniformitarianism vs. catastrophism; genetics (DNA and life); cells; classification (the five-kingdom system: monera, protista, fungi, plantae, and animalia); the energy cycle; and, over a third of the book: the human body and its primary systems: digestive, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine, urinary, and nervous.

In this class you will:

  1. Learn the principles and vocabulary of science
  2. Carry out experiments
  3. Learn to use the Scientific Method to interpret the findings of your experiments
  4. Record, organize, and make interpretations of your findings
  5. Recognize God’s hand in the study of science

You will develop an understanding of the role that science plays in your personal lives. The knowledge and experiences in this class will allow you to act in an informed and intelligent way when making decisions about current issues that involve science and technology. It is our goal to enable students to successfully progress on to a general biology or physical science course.

Topics include:

  1. a brief history of science
  2. the scientific method
  3. how to analyze and interpret experiments
  4. the distinction between science, applied science, and technology;
  5. archeology, geology and paleontology
  6. uniformitarianism vs. catastrophism
  7. genetics (DNA and life)
  8. cells
  9. classification (the five-kingdom system: monera, protista, fungi, plantae, and animalia)
  10. the energy cycle
  11. and, over a third of the book: the human body and its primary systems: digestive, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine, urinary, and nervous.
Physical Science Apologia
$65 p/mo
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Physical Science is an overview of the structure of the earth as well as its place in the solar system and the universe. Topics include atoms and molecules, measurements and unit multipliers, how to analyze and interpret experiments, the air around us, the atmosphere, water, earth and the lithosphere, factors affecting weather and its prediction, an introduction to the Physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, the forces in creation, waves and sound, light, and an introduction to Astrophysics.

In this class you will:

  1. Learn the principles and vocabulary of science
  2. Carry out experiments and how to interpret the findings of your experiments
  3. Learn to use unit multipliers, the metric system, unit manipulation and conversion
  4. Record, organize, calculate units and make interpretations of your findings
  5. Recognize God’s hand in the study of science

You will develop an understanding of the role that science plays in your personal lives. The knowledge and experiences in this class will allow you to act in an informed and intelligent way when making decisions about current issues that involve science and technology. It is our goal to enable students to successfully progress on to a general biology or chemistry science course. Please note that this course also has pre algebraic calculations. Please familiarize your student over the summer with pre algebra if possible.

Biology
$65 p/mo
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This course is designed to be your first high school science course. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides you with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, and ecosystems. Dissection labs for four organisms (earthworm, crayfish, perch, and frog) will also be included to aid in your understanding of animal anatomy and physiology. The course also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation. (Description taken from www.apologia.com).

Biology is a class designed to involve you in the activities of science. In this class you will:

  • Learn the principles and vocabulary of biological science
  • Design and carry out experiments
  • Adapt the Scientific Method to interpret the findings of your experiments
  • Record, organize, and make interpretations of your findings
  • Recognize God’s hand in the uniqueness of each biological structure we study

You will develop an understanding of the role that biology plays in your personal lives. The knowledge and experiences in this class will allow you to act in an informed and intelligent way when making decisions about current issues that involve science and technology. It is our goal to enable you to be successful in a college prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology.

Honors credit:

The course may be taken for honors credit. Additional assignments will be required; please see instructor for a list of these assignments. Students desiring honors credit must make this request by the first or second week of class. If you are not sure whether to take the course for honors credit, you may start in honors and later drop back to a standard course if desired.

Chemistry
$65 p/mo
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Chemistry is a class designed to involve you in the activities of science. In order to be able to understand this text, the student needs to have completed Algebra I. Lab fee: $45

In this class you will

  1. Learn the principles and vocabulary of Chemistry
  2. Design and carry out experiments
  3. Adapt the Scientific Method to interpret the findings of your experiments
  4. Record, organize, and make interpretations of your findings
  5. Recognize God’s hand in the uniqueness of the Chemistry

This course is designed to be a first-year high school chemistry course and gives the student a rigorous foundation in chemistry, in order to prepare him or her for a college-level course. The students will develop an understanding of the role that chemistry plays in their everyday lives. It is our goal to enable students to be successful in this college-prep chemistry course.
Course Content for This Course: The course covers significant figures, units, classification, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, the gas laws, and equilibrium.

Hands-On Science 3
$40
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I have been teaching this Hands-On Science course for 17 years at Valley Christian Elementary School in San Jose. Each lesson is accompanied by an extensive power point presentation, guided practice worksheet, and hands-on lab. Most lessons will provide students with take-home projects, although some labs are better suited to working with in-class materials only. Students will learn a vast array of life science, physical science, and earth science principles. Students will also prepare a “What I Learned” review sheet at the end of each lab. I will take their picture with their project weekly for inclusion in their lab binder.
This program serves to:

  1. reinforce students’ knowledge in God’s Truth as revealed in the physical world.
  2. provide students with solid science instruction in all disciplines of science (life science, physical science, earth science)
  3. engage students through hands-on experiences which reinforce concepts learned
  4. excite students’ interest in the discipline of science through a motivating, completion-oriented approach that capitalizes on their background knowledge and moves them to a more complete understanding of science concepts.

My hope for your student is that he/she would develop of love of science through hands-on experiences and understand that even difficult concepts are not too hard to comprehend when they are applied in project-based learning. I would love to be part of instilling an interest in your student for a possible future science major or career.

Topics to Be Covered: Students will participate in 16 unique labs which will most-likely include (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Egg Anatomy (Lab: Egg Dissection, Make a “Rubber Egg”)
  2. Static Electricity (Lab: Build an Electroscope)
  3. Air Pressure (Lab: Egg in a Bottle)
  4. Volcanoes (Lab: Build a Working Volcano)
  5. Temperature and Heat (Lab: Build a Working Thermometer)
  6. Scientific Classification (Lab: Learn about Dichotomous Keys)
  7. Fossils (Lab: Make a mold and cast fossil)
  8. Surface Tension (Lab: Penny Spill)
  9. The Rock Cycle (Lab: Sand Dissection)
  10. Density (Lab: Layering Solutions of Different Densities)
  11. Scientific Method (Lab: The Mystery of the Unknown Powders)
  12. Grasshopper Structure and Function (Lab: Grasshopper Dissection)
  13. Electromagnets (Lab: Build an Electromagnet)
  14. Anamorphosis (Lab: Create Your Own Anamorphic Illusion)
  15. Optical Illusions (Lab: The Café Wall Illusion)
  16. The Five Senses (Lab: Fun with the 5 Senses)

Class meets every other Friday: Set 1 or Set 2

Investigative Science
$40 p/mo
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Investigative Science is a course based on the Inquiry in Action curriculum (2004) by the American Chemical Society.

The concepts in the curriculum are based on the National Science Education Content Standards for Physical Science and Science as Inquiry.

I have been teaching this Investigative Science course for 4 years at Valley Christian Elementary School in San Jose as part of Valley’s Applied Math Science Engineering (AMSE) focus. Each lesson is accompanied by an extensive power point presentation, guided practice worksheet, and hands-on lab.

Objectives: Students will:

  • Ask scientifically-oriented questions.
  • Plan and conduct simple investigations using the scientific method.
  • Use appropriate tools to gather, analyze and interpret data.
  • Use data to construct a reasonable explanation.
  • Formulate explanations from evidence.
  • Connect explanations to scientific knowledge.
  • Communicate and justify explanations.
Advanced Biology (Honors)
$65 p/mo
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Prerequisite: A previous high school level biology course.

IMPORTANT NOTES: A second stated prerequisite for this course, according to the textbook author, is a high school chemistry course. However, students will not need to have had chemistry to enroll in this course at HEART. Applicable chemistry concepts will be explained as we go along. Additionally, please note that we will be using the 2nd edition Apologia textbook.

Also, note that this course, while very advanced, is not a College Board-approved AP (Advanced Placement) course. Advanced Biology students may choose to do additional self-study in order to prepare for the AP exam. This extra study would involve having access to an approved AP Biology textbook and a few online resources, purchasing an AP Prep guide such as CliffsAP, and studying topics that are not covered in the Apologia Advanced Biology textbook. The Apologia course is specifically an anatomy and physiology course; the AP Biology exam covers a much broader set of biological topics. Although we do not have sufficient class time for AP Biology topics, I would be happy to provide guidance to students interested in additional self-study.

Other Prerequisite: 

Use of basic technology applications (word processing applications, email, internet).

A willingness to learn how to apply a Christian world view in biology.

In addition to class time, this subject will require a workload of a minimum of one hour a day, five days a week, and most likely more. This is a rigorous honors course with a great deal of memorization and understanding of concepts, so students should be very strong in their biology skills and general study skills.

Course Description: 

This advanced course provides an in-depth study of the elegant design of the human body. Covering the anatomy and physiology of the human body’s 11 organ systems in detail, this course, combined with its prerequisite standard biology course, is equivalent to a first year college course in biology. Using both microscopic and gross anatomy techniques, students will delve into the wonders of the human body and its workings.

Science
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General Science
General Science is a wonderful, introduction to science in general and some of the specific sciences in particular, designed from the ground up for use by homeschoolers. Topics include a brief history of science; the scientifi... Read More
Class Period:2
Class Level:Upper Academy
$65 p/mo
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Physical Science Apologia
Physical Science is an overview of the structure of the earth as well as its place in the solar system and the universe. Topics include atoms and molecules, measurements and unit multipliers, how to analyze and interpret exper... Read More
Class Period:3
Class Level:Upper Academy
$65 p/mo
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Biology
This course is designed to be your first high school science course. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides you with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, mic... Read More
Class Period:2
Class Level:Upper Academy
$65 p/mo
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Chemistry
Chemistry is a class designed to involve you in the activities of science. In order to be able to understand this text, the student needs to have completed Algebra I. Lab fee: $45 In this class you will Learn the prin... Read More
Class Period:2
Class Level:Upper Academy
$65 p/mo
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Hands-On Science 3
I have been teaching this Hands-On Science course for 17 years at Valley Christian Elementary School in San Jose. Each lesson is accompanied by an extensive power point presentation, guided practice worksheet, and hands-on lab. Most less... Read More
Class Period:1
Class Level:Upper Academy & Lower Academy
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Investigative Science
Investigative Science is a course based on the Inquiry in Action curriculum (2004) by the American Chemical Society. The concepts in the curri... Read More
Class Period:3
Class Level:Upper Academy & Lower Academy
$40 p/mo
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Advanced Biology (Honors)
Prerequisite: A previous high school level biology course. IMPORTANT NOTES: A second stated prerequisite for this course, according to the textbook author, is a high school chemistry cour... Read More
Class Period:4
Class Level:Upper Academy
$65 p/mo

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